If you are a athlete or someone involved in sports, you are likely familiar with the feeling of exhaustion from game day or a tough workout. You may also be familiar with feelings of nausea or fatigue from dehydration.

These factors are just a few concerns for athletes that you might have experienced at certain points in your athletic career. Athletes are starting to look towards CBD products as an all-natural alternative to help aid in conditions such as muscle fatigue, inflammation and pain relief. In this article we break down five ways CBD can help an athlete’s overall performance.

CBD Improves Sleep

Athletes often suffer from insomnia and lack of sleep due to aching muscles, long hours of practice and exhausting workout routines. If you are an athlete looking to improve sleep, your solution might be as simple as incorporating a daily CBD product into your routine.

One of the main cannabinoids, THC, is known for inducing sleep while also aiding people with sleep apnea. THC can even help those suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by suppressing dreams. On the other hand, CBD, the other main active ingredient in cannabis can aid in easing daytime fatigue and REM sleep disorder.

CBD has been shown to improve sleep quality and duration while reducing the effects of fatigue. Overall, having deeper sleep and waking up with refreshed energy will have a dramatic impact on your overall performance.

If you are looking for an alternative to conventional sleep medications that can otherwise be habit-forming, you might want to consider looking into cannabis products as an alternative to pharmaceuticals.

Reduces Inflammation

Inflammation is a common condition most athletes will experience. CBD products have been proven through scientific studies to decrease inflammation.

CBD can help fight inflammation that often leads to muscle soreness and higher levels of stress within the body. Studies have also shown that CBD can help in conditions like psoriasis, lupus and Crohn’s disease.

Whether you’re an athlete who suffers from muscle and connective tissue pain or someone who is recovering from a past surgery or injury, CBD may be a great alternative to you. CBD has also been shown to help speed the healing process or looking for an alternative medicine solution.

The options are endless when it comes to choosing a CBD product to reduce inflammation. While vaping and flower are great for instant relief, topical products and tinctures are great for localized treatment and prolonged relief. One of our favorite topicals to use for muscle soreness is Ambary Gardens Muscle Recovery topical.

Aids in Concussions and Brain Injuries

If you have ever been an athlete or have known someone who has played sports you may be familiar with concussions. Recent research has been focusing on the impact of sports on brain injuries.

Researchers are particularly interested in the effects of CBD in the area of brain injuries, and many studies show a clear connection between CBD and the brain, with most of the emphasis on the neuroprotective properties of cannabidiol.

Further research suggests that cannabidiol may be effective in reversing some types of brain injuries, or preventing further damage from severe brain injuries as they heal.

How in the world can cannabis help reverse brain injuries? CBD promotes the growth of new neurons, which act as replacements for neurons damaged during the injury to increase brain functioning. You can learn more about CBD for concussions and brain injuries in this article.

Muscle Recovery

Post-training, athletes will likely experience muscle fatigue, pain, stiffness and other symptoms.

For athletes who want to improve performance and quickly heal after long hours can benefit with the inclusion of cannabis for muscle recovery. 

Recent initial findings  from research and studies find that cannabis can help in countering delayed onset muscle soreness otherwise known as DOMS. (Gillman et al, Cannabis and Exercise Science, 2015)

CBD-rich strains have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties to counter muscle soreness and aid in a faster workout recovery.

Try topical solutions and salves containing high concentrations of CBD to aid in muscle pain and speed in the recovery process.

Improves Digestion and Hunger Levels

One of the main concerns of athletes is obtaining a well-balanced diet, optimal digestion and proper nutrition to feed muscles. One problem that athletes often run into is not eating enough calories to supplement their active lifestyle.

Cannabis is a safe and effective way to stimulate appetite. Powerlifters, MMA fighters, and other athletes with demanding eating regimens often find that cannabis encourages them to take in more calories for sustained energy. Studies show that cannabis can help in improving the appetite by increasing levels of ghrelin and leptin, two hunger-regulating hormones.

CBD can also help with digestion issues such as constipation, indigestion, and internal inflammation.


Cannabis is well known among athletes to aid in easing inflammation, sleep, muscle recovery, digestion and internal injuries. The most common form of cannabis product used among athletes are topical solutions including  lotions and salves for localized pain.

Other options to help athletes performance include gummies, CBD flower, and full-spectrum CBD vape pens. One of our favorite ways to ease sore muscles after sports includes a warm epsom salt bath with a CBD infused bath bomb for a little R&R.

About the Author

Bertha Garrett is deeply involved in the cannabis industry. She worked as a budtender for 2 years. Now she handles content at Canna Clinic.